Cape Town - The ANC Study Group on Public Enterprises said in a statement that it is concerned about reports that former acting Eskom CEO and head of generation Matshela Koko misled the parliamentary inquiry by the portfolio committee on public enterprises into state capture at Eskom.
The latest accusation comes from the director general of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Lionel October. In a letter addressed to Eskom inquiry chair Zukiswa Rantho, October argues that Koko’s proclamation that his decision to procure coal from Brakfontein/Tegeta was based on test results of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) is “factually incorrect, misleading and lacking in rationality".
The ANC Study Group on Public Enterprises said it cannot accuse Koko of any wrong-doing as it does not, as yet, possess any evidence of such wrong-doing. However, the study group encourages October to draft a sworn affidavit detailing how Koko’s testimony before the inquiry was “factually incorrect, misleading and lacking in rationally".
The study group further pointed out that October is not the first to complain about Koko’s testimony. Exxaro’s CEO Mxolisi Mgojo told the committee that he had never known of Eskom’s “pre-payment agreements” and that the first time he heard of it was in Koko’s Carte Blanche interview. Exxaro is the largest supplier of coal to Eskom.
In light of this, the study group is of the view that Koko ought to be given the opportunity to appear before the inquiry again to provide clarity and to end speculation about the decision taken to procure coal from the Tegeta-owned Brakfontein mine.
The ANC Study Group on Public Enterprises would also like to see President Cyril Ramaphosa take appropriate action against Minister of Public Enterprises Lynne Brown as recommended by Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.
In a report on an investigation into allegations of a violation of the Executive Ethics Code by Brown, the Public Protector found that Brown, “in her written reply to the committee, inadvertently misled parliament in her assertion that there were no other contracts of engagement concluded between Eskom and Trillian Capital Partners".
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